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Get In The Holiday Spirit With Herb Alpert's First Seasonal Record In Five Decades, 'The Christmas Wish'

Get In The Holiday Spirit With Herb Alpert's First Seasonal Record In Five Decades, 'The Christmas Wish'

New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Herb Alpert will cap off a remarkable 2017 with perhaps his finest moment of the year: a return to holiday music for the first time in five decades. 'The Christmas Wish' features Alpert and a stunning 77-piece symphony and choir lending fresh interpretations to more than a dozen holiday hits. 'The Christmas Wish' was tracked at the hallowed Capitol Studios in the heart of Hollywood.

Alpert is supported by a host of legendary friends and collaborators on 'The Christmas Wish,' including Richard Carpenter (who joins Herb on celesta for his "Merry Christmas, Darling"), Paul Williams (who penned original lyrics for the brand-new title track), composer/arranger Chris Walden (Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder) and engineer Al Schmitt (Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Madonna). Herb's wife and bandmate Lani Hall joins him for lead vocals on the album's title track. 'The Christmas Wish' follows up 1968's chart-topping 'Christmas Album,' recently named one of the 15 Greatest Holiday Albums of All Time by MOJO.

Listen to 'The Christmas Wish':
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the record here:

'The Christmas Wish' will make its national television debut this Friday November 3 on The Hallmark Channel's 'Home & Family' morning show, where Herb will perform "Santa Baby." The 'Home & Family' performance comes on the heels of a #3 debut on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Album Chart, marking Herb's second top three debut of the year (after his 'Music Vol. 1' topped the same chart this summer). Earlier this year, Alpert was nominated for yet another GRAMMY (his second nomination in three years), interviewed on the Tonight Show by Jimmy Fallon and profiled by the LA Times. His 'Music Vol. 1' record was hailed as "life affirming" by AllMusic and "a new classic" by the Huffington Post, as Billboard dubbed Alpert "more prolific than most artists a fraction of his age."

Herb and his band are touring through the end of the year, including holiday stands at Yoshi's in the Bay Area and the Blue Note in Honolulu. A full list of dates is below.

NOV 3 - Cerritos Performing Arts Center - Cerritos, CA
NOV 6 - City Winery - Chicago, IL
NOV 7 - City Winery - Chicago, IL
NOV 8 - The Kent Stage - Kent, OH
NOV 10 - Kiawah Island Weekend of Jazz - Kiawah Island, SC
NOV 11 - Manchester Craftsmen Theater - Pittsburgh, PA
NOV 12 - Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts - Annapolis, MD
NOV 13 - Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts - Vienna, VA
NOV 14 - Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts - Vienna, VA
NOV 15 - Sellersville Theater - Sellersville, PA
DEC 5-7 - Yoshi's - Oakland, CA
DEC 14-17 - Blue Note - Honolulu, HI

Joy To The World - Silver Bells (Medley)
Let It Snow - Rudolph (Medley)
Santa Baby
Carol Of The Bells - We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Medley)
I'll Be Home For Christmas
Silent Night
Winter Wonderland
Merry Christmas Darling
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
The Christmas Wish
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
The Christmas Song
White Christmas
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve
Jesu Joy Of Man's Desire

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